With freezing temperatures on the way over the coming days, Adur & Worthing Councils are increasing the support offered to rough sleepers.
From today (Friday 18th January) the Councils will open two cold-weather shelters in Worthing. These will be staffed by expert teams from the Councils and local charity Turning Tides Ending Local Homelessness.
Currently, it is predicted that the two shelters will be open for three nights. However, Council staff will continue to monitor the situation and we will post updates if this is extended.
If you are concerned about a rough sleeper in Adur and Worthing, you can help by:
☑️ Connecting them to local support services via the Streetlink app: https://www.streetlink.org.uk/
☑️ Buying those on the street food and hot drinks rather than gifting money;
☑️ Reporting any instances of antisocial behaviour to the police.
The service is provided under Severe Weather Emergency Protocols (SWEP). This recommends that shelters open when temperatures are zero degrees or below for three days or more to prevent loss of life.
Funding for the cold weather shelter and other outreach services comes from a government grant which ensures the Councils can continue offering vital support until the spring of 2020.
StreetLink exists to help end rough sleeping by enabling members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them.